Digital capability is a key battle-ground for universities as they fight to attract students and maintain their global reputations.

As they draw-up digital strategies, many are looking to modernise and streamline how they manage and maintain their ageing estates. Embedding an efficient, data-driven and sustainable approach both to their existing properties and their capital projects, maintaining a flexible space, reducing waste and ensuring value for money are key ambitions.

Today, in a presentation to senior leaders from across the higher education sector, PCSG’s Mark Stodgell will explore the key themes around building a digital campus and its role in enabling universities to achieve their learning and research ambitions.

He will explain the common barriers – such as outdated systems for recording and storing information, duplicate sources for the same information and question marks over accuracy and reliability – faced by today’s university estate managers.

At the event, hosted by Willmott Dixon and the University of Birmingham, he will explore the key steps in the digital ‘journey’ – from the development of a roadmap and robust business case to management of documentation, systems and process and alignment with recognised standards.

He will also look to data security and the importance of putting the user needs at the centre of any digital strategy.

The event is supported by the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE). Its  2018 Higher Education Estates Management report underlined the complex decisions faced by its members as they grapple with challenges ranging from increased international competition to staff attraction and retention and downward pressure on costs.

During a 25-year career in architecture, construction and information technology, Mark has advised on digital strategy relating to asset information and capital project implementations at a wide range of major retail and education groups.

For more information on how PCSG supports universities to develop and embed digital strategies for managing and maintaining their estates, please email: Mark. Stodgell@pcsg.co.uk